BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 4, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

John Hamilton Eyler Jr.


BORN
1947, Seattle.

EARLY YEARS
At 8, he moved to Merchants Island near Seattle, where he played on the high school golf team (left). His father, John Sr., was a Boeing engineer; his mother, Ell Dora, was a nurse and homemaker.

EDUCATION
BS, finance, University of Washington, 1969; MBA, Harvard Business School, 1971.

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY
Small mechanical plastic pig from his grandmother.

OFFICE BRIC-A-BRAC
A wooden stick horse made for him by his uncle hangs on the wall.

FIRST JOB OUT OF HARVARD
Management trainee at May Department Stores.

CURRENT JOB
CEO, Toys 'R' Us, since January.

TOUGHEST JOB
Presiding in early 1990s over the decline of retail trade at menswear maker Hartmarx.

HOW HE SPENT RECENT SATURDAY MORNINGS
Cooking a pre-practice breakfast with other dads for his youngest son's high school football team.

FAMILY
Married 31 years to wife,Dolores, a journalist. They have three sons.


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